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The University of Southern California (USC, SC, or Southern Cal) is a private research university in Los Angeles, California. Founded in 1880, it is the oldest private research university in California. For the 2018–19 academic year, there were 20,000 students enrolled in four-year undergraduate programs. USC is a highly selective school, accepting only 11% percent of undergraduate applicants for its class of 2023. USC also has 27,500 graduate and professional students in a number of different programs, including business, law, engineering, social work, occupational therapy, pharmacy, and medicine. It is the largest private employer in the city of Los Angeles and generates $8 billion in economic impact on Los Angeles and California.

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Breakthrough in Quantum Photonics Promises a New Era in Optical Circuits

“A world-first method to enable quantum optical circuits that use photons—light particles—heralds a new future for secure communication and quantum computing. The modern world is powered by electrical circuitry on a “chip”—the semiconductor chip underpinning computers, cell …

A Future Sound “Computer”?

“USC researchers create smart materials that can mimic electrical devices by triggering different responses to sound. From the headphones we use to listen to our favorite songs or podcasts, to sonic camouflage employed by submarines, how we transmit and experience …

USC scientists find a way to enhance quantum computer performance

“USC scientists have demonstrated a theoretical method to enhance the performance of quantum computers, an important step to scale a technology with potential to solve some of society’s biggest challenges. The method addresses a weakness that bedevils performance of …

New Memristor Boosts Accuracy and Efficiency For Neural Networks on an Atomic Scale

“A new parallel processing approach for building resistance-based artificial synapses promises to ramp up efficiency and accuracy by making memristors as thin as a single atom. From the Journal: Journal of Applied Physics WASHINGTON, D.C., October 16, 2018 — Just …

How to build a robot that mimics the moves of animals - and why you’d want to

“Inspired by nature, students create creaturelike robots that could improve security, explore disaster sites and even save lives From slithering and walking to flying or swimming, animals are able to move and interact with their environment with relative ease. However …

3-D printed active metamaterials for sound and vibration control

“A team led by USC Viterbi researchers developed 3-D printed acoustic metamaterials that can be switched on and off remotely using a magnetic field Researchers have been pushing the capabilities of materials by carefully designing precise structures that exhibit abnormal …

Scientists work to automate quick translation of obscure languages

“A team of researchers from the Information Sciences Institute at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering has received a $16.7 million grant from the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) to develop an automated information translation and summarization tool …

What lies beneath: “PipeFish” robot patrols city pipes to detect underground water leaks

“The United States faces a looming crisis over its deteriorating water infrastructure, and fixing it will be a monumental and expensive task. In Los Angeles alone, about two thirds of the city’s 7,000 miles of water pipes are …